Admissions Requirements for International Students
International students seeking college credit admission on the F-1 visa or seeking postsecondary adult vocational admission on the M-1 visa must meet the following requirements:
- Satisfaction of all requirements for admission (same as a U.S. student).
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores of 450 or higher on paper-based tests or 130 or higher on computer-based tests. Final placement into English classes is based on Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) scores for language and reading skills or a combination of PERT, Level of English Proficiency (LOEP), and writing sample scores for possible placement into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. These assessments are made after the student arrives at Seminole State. International students who are not applying for college or whose scores are not appropriate for college may consider non-credit intensive English courses (see English Language Studies section of College Catalog).
- Admission materials must be sent to Seminole State one month prior to the term or session for which the applicant seeks admission.
- Completion of the Application for Admission Form and International Student Form.
- Pay a $50 non-refundable processing fee.
- Foreign Education Transcript:
- If the student attended only high school, transcripts must be officially translated to English and then evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The NACES members most commonly used by Seminole State students are World Education Services or Josef Silny and Associates.
- All foreign education evaluations must be presented to the Records and Registration Office. Only original documents will be accepted. Facsimiles and photocopies will not be accepted.
- Formal or informal color photograph of the student.
- Financial support documents including the following:
- A signed bank letter from student or sponsor, as applicable, stating when the account was opened, type of account and current balance.
- Signed and notarized Affidavit of Support must state relationship to and responsibility to pay all study and personal expenses of the student; also whether the student will live in the sponsor's home.
- If bank funds are not enough to cover the cost of study and living, then a signed letter (on letterhead) from an employer, student or sponsor, as applicable, must include the job title, salary and length of time employed.
Note: It is possible to have more than one sponsor. The sponsor(s) does not need to reside in the United States, nor be a relative of the applicant.
- Only documents in English will be accepted. Translations must be completed by an official body (notary public does not automatically qualify as a translator). Only original documents will be accepted. Facsimiles and photocopies will not be accepted.
- As part of the admissions process, students on an F-1 or M-1 visa must purchase and provide proof of health insurance. They must maintain this coverage during their entire period of study.
- For transfer students only, the following are needed: completed International Student Transfer Form and a photocopy of previous I-20, I-94 (two sides) and passport.
- According to USCIS, an international student must study full time. Full-time, college-credit studies at Seminole State is a minimum 12 credits each for the Fall and Spring semester.
Send all forms and documents in English to:
Seminole State College
Attn: International Student Office
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773-6199
For more information, call Seminole State's International Student Office at 407.708.2041, or visit www.seminolestate.edu/international.
Guidelines for Level of English Proficiency, Writing and Reading Assessment
- For placement purposes only, all Seminole State students must meet State of Florida test score requirements (PERT, ACT, SAT) prior to enrollment in courses that require English and reading proficiency. Students who do not meet state minimum requirements are required to complete additional English and/or reading coursework prior to entry into those college-level courses.
- Students who attended high school in English in the United States for at least four years without enrollment in ESOL classes must take preparatory coursework to meet the state requirements.
- Students who have not attended high school in English in the United States for at least four years without enrollment in ESOL classes must take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses to meet state requirements. Some take non-credit courses prior to EAP. Placement into EAP may require students to take the Level of English Proficiency (LOEP) test and complete a writing sample to ensure the most appropriate placement.
- Students who have attended high school in English in countries outside the United States where English is the official language may be placed into college-level English courses based on PERT scores or preparatory EAP courses based on PERT scores, LOEP scores and a writing sample. If language-interference problems are assessed in writing samples done by students from countries where English is the official language, students are placed into preparatory EAP courses.